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The Law (1990)

Tilaï (original title)
Set in a pre-colonial African past, Tilai is about an illicit love affair and its consequences. Saga returns to his village after an extended absence to discover that his father has taken ... See full summary »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Rasmané Ouédraogo ...
Saga (as Rasmane Ouedraogo)
Ina Cissé ...
Nogma
Roukietou Barry ...
Kuilga
Assane Ouedraogo ...
Kougri
Sibidou Sidibe ...
Poko
Moumouni Ouedraogo ...
Tenga
Mariam Barry ...
Bore
Seydou Ouédraogo ...
Nomenaba
Mariam Ouedraogo ...
Koudpoko
Daouda Porgo ...
Porgo
Kogre Warma ...
Maiga
Mamadou Ganame ...
Ganame
Noufou Ouédraogo ...
The child
Amade Ganame ...
Villager
Issaka Porgo ...
Villager
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Set in a pre-colonial African past, Tilai is about an illicit love affair and its consequences. Saga returns to his village after an extended absence to discover that his father has taken Nogma, Saga's promised bride, for himself. Still in love with each other, the two begin an affair, although it would be considered incestuous. When the liaison is discovered, Saga's brother, Koudri, pretends to kill Saga for the honor of the family and village. Saga and Nogma flee to another village, but when Nogma's birth mother dies, he returns home. Having brought ruin on the family, Saga is shot by Koudri, who walks off into exile and probable death. Written by Don Larsson

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5 December 1990 (France)  »

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Niin sanoo laki  »

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The African Elegance
6 July 2013 | by (India) – See all my reviews

A great movie from Burkina Faso, this is a true African film, replete with sprawling landscapes, rustic rituals and hardened men, along with which it also manages to narrate a tale of love, family, incest and honor. Stylistically simple, the music is soothing on the ears and the camera frames sparkle with the director's masterful handling. It is a story that has been repeated a million times, but the magic of the setting and the freshness of the culture elevates it to a far greater level. The acting is great, as none of them are professionals, and the pace is deliberate and compelling. It all comes together to give a beautiful and natural picture of life in all its elegance and futility.


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